Garaway ousts Martins Ferry

DOVER – Garaway wasted little time in closing things out Tuesday night.

The Pirates led by 10 after one quarter and by 31 at halftime en route to a 72-27 triumph against Martins Ferry in an Ohio Division III girls’ basketball sectional opener inside Dover High School.

Garaway (20-3) will play for a sectional title at 3 p.m. Saturday against Union Local. The Jets topped Buckeye Trail, 54-41, in Tuesday’s nightcap. The winner of that game advances to the district semifinal at 8 p.m. February 27 at Steubenville High School against the survivor of Saturday’s first contest pitting Harrison Central at Tuscarawas Valley.

”I knew coming in (Garaway) was very skilled, very fundamentally sound and well-seasoned,” Purple Riders head coach Lindsay Coyne said.

”But I told my girls to just come out, play hard and give it your all.”

And Martins Ferry (4-17) did that. Still, however, the experienced Pirates were too much for the still-growing Purple Riders.

Garaway went on a 18-3 run that stretched from midway through the first quarter to midway through the second to go up 34-9. Following a pair of free throws by Martins Ferry’s Leah Coleman, Garaway tacked on another eight points and went up 42-11.

The Pirates defense stymied Martins Ferry time and time again, forcing numerous turnovers that led to transition buckets. And when Garaway set up its half-court offense, the ball routinely was touched by three or four players before a shot went up.

Senior Courtney Putt led a balanced Garaway scoring attack with 16 points. Classmate Abbie Slemmer added 15 points, while Walter added 13.

Coleman paced Martins Ferry with 13 points. Tyrah King finished with seven.

Morgan Stalder, Ferry’s lone senior, had four points.

”We will miss Morgan terribly,” Coyne said. ”She’s been a role model for us all season. She showed the girls exactly how you should get everything done. She played with heart and hustle every single game.”

As for the returning players, Coyne said the future looks bright.

”But we told the girls it won’t be easy,” she said. ”We have the opportunity be like a Garaway. I think they see it. If we get better as a team our future is bright.”

MARTINS FERRY (27) – Monroe 0 0-0 4; Stalder 2 0-0 4; Johnson 0 0-0 0; Coleman 4 5-6 13; Martin 0 0-0 0; Sutton 0 0-0 0; Skavarka 0 0-0 0; Bridges 1 1-2 3; King 2 3-4 7; Ray 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 9-12 27. GARAWAY (72) – Abbie Slemmer 5 2-3 15; Ka.Walter 6 1-1 13; Werker 1 0-0 2; Monigold 0 0-0 0; Courtney Putt 7 1-2 16; Meese 0 1-2 1; A.Putt 0 0-0 0; Misko 1 0-0 23; Weaver 2 0-0 4; Ka.Miller 2 0-0 5; Beachy 2 1-1 5; Ke.Miller 4 1-2 9; Yoder 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 7-11 72.

3-Point Goals: G – Slemmer (3), C.Putt, Ka.Miller.

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